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Showing the love with #GISHWHES & #NoteToSelfie.

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Photo Aug 06, 1 24 44 PMAugust is a big month for me. It’s my BTC workaversary (three years!) and it also holds two events that I wait the entire year for. GenCon, the best 4 days in gaming ™, in Indianapolis and GISHWHES (the greatest international scavenger hunt the world has ever seen.).

This year, all three managed to collide.

As you may know, at BTC we’ve been asking you to send us your #NoteToSelfie’s, well as it happens… one of our GISHWHES tasks took that to another level.

“As you all know, Saturday the 6th of August is International Find Another Gisher Day. Meet up (reach out over social media to find gishers in your area) with AT LEAST 5 other Gishers that aren’t on your team at a bus stop and, together, decorate the bus stop with post-it notes inscribed with a mix of delightful, surreal, and uplifting messages. One must read, “Be the unicorn you want to see in the world.” Submit one image of all 5+ people standing in, on, or around the decorated bus stop. The submission description must include the gishwhes usernames of each Gisher in the photo. Each team can submit the same image if a team member was there representing the team.”

Coincidentally… I was going to be in Indianapolis on the 6th and took to the socials to find GISHERs from 5 other teams to meet up. With a lot of coordination and luck, we were able to find our bus stop and get something scheduled.

We drifted in one at a time, and got set with our Post It’s. As we wrote, the 6 of us could not help but talk about the warm fuzzy level growing. One of the things I did was, write out many of the messages from the #NoteToSelfie Twitter stream to keep them going. As we decorated our bus stop, passers-by asked questions and a few even jumped in and wrote some of their own!

It’s been almost a week and I’m sure it has been taken down or rained on… but my hopes are that our messages lived in and the people who stopped to read them.

No go out and Be the Change (or the Unicorn) you want to see in the world.

 

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Talking GISHWHES

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When I heard people say GISHWHES changes your life, I didn’t believe it. But after participating for the first time, I truly believe it.  It is amazing the things you become willing to do as a part of a team doing something for a good cause and for the sake of making art! I’ve stepped out and some things I never thought I would have done, and pushed boundaries I’ve always wanted to but, but couldn’t. I’ve also learned that I can function on practically no sleep. And, that’s a thing 😉

I did a mini video journal during my GISHWHES experience as a part of SSSVEDA, enjoy the crazy.

SSSVEDA Day 17

The Aftermath: Part 1

The Aftermath: Part 2

Team Standard Nerds recap video

I hope you enjoy the videos, it was an ABNOSOME experience to be a part of GISHWHES 2013, and I can’t wait to get together with my Standard Nerds again!

View the wonderful weird that is Standard  Nerds!

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HootKit Unboxing for the #SMCMKE #HootMKE

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May 14th is going to be an awesome day to be in Milwaukee! The Social Media Club is having it’s first HootUp, and I get to be the deliverer of the swag!

With my recent participation in VEDA, I’ve been doing a lot more video. Watch below at my first attempt at stop motion for the great unboxing!

Read  Spring Into a Hootup! over on Social Solutions by Laurie Thompson (and myself) for more about HootUps!

Milwaukee #IndyFest 2012 and the #26ers

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If you follow me on Twitter at all you have probably seen the hashtags #IndyFest or #26ers popping up a lot over the last three weeks. I was lucky enough to be named one of the “Social 26, or #26ers   for this year’s running of Milwaukee IndyFest  at the Milwaukee Mile.

And it all started with a Tweet. Having “met” Kyle Lacy through a Twitter list for a conference  we got to talking and he asked if I wanted to be a part of something his company (Exact Target) and Andretti Sports Marketing   were doing in Milwaukee.  They wanted to make this year’s Indy Fest a fully social experience . We would not only be spreading the word before race weekend, we would be “Live Tweeting” the event itself.

Of course, I immediately said “yes!”. This is the kind of thing I love to be a part of, using social media to promote an event. With it being in Milwaukee, I knew that a lot of the people involved would be people I know and how can you pass that up? The next thing I did was hit “The Google” to learn about Indy Car. I freely admit that I don’t know a lot about the sport. I had been to the Milwaukee Mile before but that was just going for walks, so this was going to be all new to me.  I had been to a NASCAR event  (Daytona 400 ) when I worked for  Pierce Mfg  , but I knew this was an entirely different ball game.

Leading up to the event I learned more and more about the sport and about the track itself. The folks at Andretti were awesome in giving us facts and history lessons to share. They also hosted events  leading to race weekend. There was a block party, a meeting with the Social Media Club of Milwaukee  and more. Unfortunately, being in Appleton, I missed the lead in events but still was able to participate in spirit over Twitter. I also created a public playlist on Spotify where I crowdsourced song requests to get people in the mood.

On Friday of race weekend I headed south to join in the fun! I lucked out that I have very good friends who live a 5 minute walk from the Milwaukee Mile who let me stay with them for the weekend. There is nothing better to pump a girl up for Indy Fest than hearing the “vroom” of the cars while getting ready to leave for the event!

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